Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., joined NYIT as provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2011, administering a complex and global academic enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for shaping academic priorities and programs, fiscal management and revenue diversification, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty and academic leadership, providing global education for students, and expanding scholarship and research initiatives, especially in cross-disciplinary areas. With all New York and global campus deans reporting to him, he oversees faculty and curriculum development, online and blended programs’ offering, planning and budgeting, and initiatives for teaching and learning with technology, domestically as well as globally. He initiates new partnerships and dual-degree programs with universities in strategic regions around the globe, and oversees the development of collaborations with business and industry through educational and executive programs, technology transfer and commercialization, and other outreach activities.
For eight years prior to joining NYIT, he served as Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Denver. There, he developed five new interdisciplinary degree programs, spearheaded the technology transfer office, and established partnerships with universities overseas while starting joint programs with major companies. He also initiated the development of strategic plans and led a multimillion-dollar fundraising effort while collaborating on education and research programs throughout the university.
Dr. Shoureshi has been an active researcher with funding from government agencies and industry. His research effort has resulted in more than 250 technical publications and he is the holder of several patents. He has supervised and graduated 80 Ph.D. and M.S. student theses. He is an expert in automation, control systems design and artificial intelligence with applications in: robotics, biomedical engineering, energy/power engineering, structural engineering, and automotive engineering.
After teaching mechanical engineering and conducting research for 11 years at Purdue University, Dr. Shoureshi joined the Colorado School of Mines as a distinguished and endowed chair professor of engineering. He served as founding director of National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research centers in the areas of power engineering and intelligent biomedical devices and musculoskeletal systems, as well as an industry-supported center on automation, robotics, and distributed intelligence. Dr. Shoureshi earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed a program in Marketing and Industrial Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.